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Monday, September 04, 2006

Steve, we'll miss you...



Looks familiar..doesn't he?

Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006) was an Australian naturalist, wildlife expert and television personality.

Best known for the television program The Crocodile Hunter, an unconventional wildlife documentary series which he hosted with his wife Terri Irwin that was broadcast worldwide,he also owned and operated the Australia Zoo at Beerwah in Queensland with friend William Rollo and his wife.

All his life his motto seems to have been "Why put things in cages?"

His achievements are many...and the honours too numerous to mention in the confines of this post...

Irwin believed in promoting environmentalism by sharing his excitement about the natural world rather than preaching to people.
He considered himself a wild-life warrior with the mission to save the world's endangered species.He founded the Steve Irwin Conservation Foundation, which was later renamed Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, and became an independent charity.

For a guy who was given a scrub python on his sixth birthday, his love for reptiles only grew, so much so that he named his daughter "Bindi"
Alright, get ready for it: He named his DAUGHTER after a CROCODILE... not the other way around.

On 4 September 2006, Irwin was fatally pierced in the heart by a stingray barb, while diving off Queensland's Great Barrier Reef. He had been filming a segment for his daughter Bindi's upcoming television series. Irwin was in the area filming his own documentary, to be called Ocean's Deadliest, but weather had stalled filming. Irwin decided to take the opportunity to film some shallow water shots for his daughter's programme.
News reports say:
"Shortly after 11:00 a.m. local time , Irwin was filming off the shores of Low Isles, Queensland, near Port Douglas and north of Cairns, where he was stung either through his heart, or through the left side of his chest. After he was stung, emergency services were called from Cairns Rescue Base and met Croc One, Irwin’s rescue vessel at Low Isle on the Great Barrier Reef. The Croc One crew performed constant CPR during the thirty-minute dash to Low Isle.
The Queensland Rescue Helicopter responded, taking him to Cairns Base Hospital, where Irwin was pronounced dead on arrival at noon. He was not killed by the sting itself but from a puncture to the heart in turn causing cardiac arrest. The Queensland Police Service notified his family and released a statement for the media concerning his death. News of his death prompted a public outpouring expressing shock and loss."

His unabashed enthusiasm for dangerous animals and childlike energy (and specially his catchcry, "Crikey!") had dissolved all boundaries.
His friends and family often reported that he was to them as he was to the rest of the world — larger than life.
200 million viewers in over 30 countries around the world..no ,that's enough..
a man who had won fans all over the world will be remembered for not only a life less ordinary..but for a death..which, though untimely and most unfortunate, has sent a message all across the world to redefine PASSION..

We'll Miss you, Steve.
We'll miss you..

15 comments:

sangram said...

..thats really bad...as the australian prime minister rightly said..."Australia has lost a wonderful and colorful child"..
He did hold up the name of Queensland in front of the whole world..talk about australia..i will be the first one to remember steve...you can see some of the videos at cnn
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/09/04/australia.irwin/index.html

thrs only been 17 cases of stingray piercing in the whole world..this is still a mystery for me..its so much impossible to get killed in such a painful manner..

may his soul rest in peace.amen

Rohit Malik said...

oh! That's sad!

saurabh said...

viewin crocs will never be the same again

saikat said...

May his soul R.I.P

candid diary said...

Steve’s tragic death hits me more coz he loved not only wildlife but also his daughter deeply.
A man with a big heart.
It’s sad that he met an untimely and rare death while he had been filming for his daughter’s upcoming television series.
A nice tribute to Steve.

Vikas said...

we will really miss him .....aparna

sushant said...

its really very sad that someone so pleasantly charming our lives and such a lively personality is not with us anymore. the suddenness of this tragedy is what shocks all the more.

be an immortal said...

a victim of his own creation... Nevertheless, worthy of being remembered!

Aparna Kar said...

@sangram
Thanks for the link...
It's now all what we are left with :(
Absolutely freaky, absolutely adorable video clips

Aparna Kar said...

@rohit
Not just sad..more than that
I have been mourning since yesterday and still don't seem to get over it...
I am sure all his ardent fans are still in a state of shock..
It takes some time for reality to sink in..

Aparna Kar said...

@saurabh
Not only the crocs..all sort of reptiles and dangerous animals..
His death is such an irony..
we have seen him accomplish such seemingly impossible tasks on TV..

Aparna Kar said...

@saikat

Yes..we can only pray..

It's going to aeons since we can find another Steve Irwin..
let me correct myself..there's NEVER going to be another Steve Irwin...

Aparna Kar said...

@candid
I guess that is what touched me most too...
his love for his daughter..and dedication for his work...

Aparna Kar said...

Irwin's father says he lost his best mate

Aparna Kar said...

Trivia:
In 2004, he was nominated for Australian of the Year, which was won by Steve Waugh.
Apparently, doubts were cast over his nomination when the
> "baby Bob"
incident occurred in January that year.